They have raised the price on their 50A FHU sites from $16 to $28 a night. Which is $2 a night less than their neighbor, about 1 mile away at JBLM. However, JBLM has much more space between sites, they are paved sites instead of dirt and they include cable TV. The sites at the Camp Murray campground are not maintained. The entire arrival is completely self-service, the hosts did not assist us when we arrived. We watched numerous arrivals and each wandered around trying to determine where to go and what site is theirs. We watched people depart and no one came to the site and raked the limbs or pines cones, took any trash away, nor cleaned the picnic tables. Nothing. The host mowed one day while we were there, The assistant host walked her dog and was friendly enough. Not certain who is responsible for the site maintenance but during our stay it was not happening. If you are going to charge more, I believe they need to raise their standards a bit and take a bit of pride in the maintenance of the sites.
After hearing many good things about this campground, we came to check it out ourselves. Besides the terrible freeway traffic, finding the campground wasn't difficult. However, I have updated the directions to make it easier. The roads in the campground are narrow with tight turns, so be careful. We had called prior to arrival and learned of our site #. The office is closed on weekends and we arrived on a Saturday. The campground is on the rustic side, which isn't a bad thing. Very heavy trees and getting a satellite signal can be a challenge. We were lucky with site #C6, as it had a clear view of the SE sky. The campground was about 80% full during our visit. The boat docks were closed for repairs. The restrooms were pretty clean. There's a museum on post, but it was closed on the weekend. Being a National Guard base, there's no amenities on post. We enjoyed our 2 day visit. Not much indication of homesteading (other than the host sites).
I will begin with a note about the gate. The directions on this site just say go through the gate right off of 5 however that gate is only open Mon-Fri and closes at 4. You must still Exit at 122 and go North on Berkley Street and go past the commercial gate 2 blocks until you get to Portland Avenue through the traffic circle to the other gate. Then once we got to the camp ground we never saw a camp host and never were told the codes to the bathrooms. We finally asked another camper the code to the bathrooms and the women shower smelled like feces. The lake was beautiful however I would not recommend this campground.
R.L. left this review using the Directory software: The sites are not exceptional but overall it's a pleasant place. I don't recall if we had reservations or not but the host greeted us and directed us to a site. They were pretty full so we were glad to get in. The old Washington National Guard base has attractive old buildings and an interesting memorial park. We enjoyed the walking trail from the campground around the base. Access to the commissary at Ft Lewis is good.
The camp is well located, away from traffic, nestled under the trees. Beautiful setting! Our site was on the back row with a lot of room behind us. Great place for a gathering of friends whom we hadn't seen in a while. I hope our experience was an abnormality, however: We made reservations by phone for two nights. Prior to our arrival, local friends checked on the reservations, and after some searching, the reservations were found and confirmed. We arrived at the camp about 4:45. There was no one in the office, the camp host was not there, and the assistant camp host was also missing. There was no posting on the door as to which site we should be in. After waiting about twenty minutes, we decided to take a vacant spot and hope for the best. About 5:30, the assistant camp host showed up, but he was little help. He couldn't find us on the reservation list, but said we could stay where we were for the night, but may have to move the next day. The next morning, the camp host was in the office. He told us we could stay where we were, and that he had come by the RV the night before about 7:30. At that time, we were out doing some shopping. There was no note on the door or anything to let us know our status. The envelope with the registration sheet in it was also supposed to have a list of camp rules in it. The registration asked for a signature stating that we understood and would comply with these rules. I refused to sign a statement saying that I understood and would comply with rules about which I knew nothing. The bathroom and shower doors had combination's, but we were not provided with the combination's until I asked. They were not on any of the printed information. There were satellites antennas all over; however, there was no indication as to which were Dish and which were Direct TV. This information also was not printed anywhere. When I did get the correct hookup, I still could not get satellite TV. Sites could have used a good weed whacking and the area needed a good cleanup. From the other visitors' comments, I'm sure we just hit them on a bad day. I certainly hope so.
Upon arrival, camp host was right there to assist as needed. I had site A 10 right on the lakes edge. Excellent site. The sites are very close together, but at this time of year, I had no one next to me. It is 30 amp hookup, but not true 30 amp. It is two 15 amp circuits together. I use electric heaters and tripped the breaker on one of the 15 amp twice. Had to be very careful not to use anything else electric when the heaters were on. Shopping was good with Ft. Lewis across the road and McChord within 5 miles. There was not laundry facilities on base, but close by in Tillicum. Overall, nice place this time of year because not many there except some that looked like they had been there forever. I think $14 was a little high for this place. It was close enough to do day trips to Mt. Rainier, Crystal Mt., and Seattle.
We stopped here for a tent site in the primitive camping area. The sites were beautiful, set deep in a wooded setting. While inspecting the sites we noticed that they were infested wit ants. We declined all available sites for that reason. The location was fine, the host was very nice. He said he could not kill the ants because of the enviormentalists. We chose to continue onto McChord famcamp.
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